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2 years after Supreme Court order, no investigation into ‘shocking’ number of Kandhamal acquittals.

Sep 11, Worldwatch Monitor

Almost 100 Christians were killed in the Kandhamal district of Odisha in August 2008 following claims Christians were behind the killing of a Hindu leader, Swami Laxmanananda Sarawati. Three hundred churches and 6,000 Christian homes were also attacked, rendering 56,000 people homeless.
Yet, despite 6,495 arrests and 827 criminal cases being registered  .....

Hindu Extremists, Media Attack a Large Church in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Sep 8, Morningstar News

Dismissing an initial investigation that cleared Christians of wrongdoing, police under pressure from Hindu extremists are pursuing false charges against a pastor and 270 others, sources said.
After appearing to halt Hindu nationalists’ efforts to shut down a large church in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, police who had told the pastor that they turned up no evidence of fraudulent conversion are now denying the ....

Fr. Cedric Prakash on India's most infamous day when activists were arrested.

Sep 4, Asia News

Intellectuals arrested for fighting for the rights of the Dalits and criticizing the Hindu nationalist government. The aim of the police raids is to polarize the political debate in view of the general elections of 2019. Against activists, "fabricated accusations". "It's a nightmare situation, which has no equal". The priest complains that the crackdown on intellectuals critical of the premier serves a ...

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Five critics of Prime Minister Modi arrested. Attempt to 'create a culture of silence'

Aug 30, Asia News

Seized documents, mobile phones and PCs for a total of 25 thousand gigabytes of data. Police accuse human rights defenders of inciting protests from the Dalits. A priest in Ranchi has also been arrested and released. With raids conducted simultaneously throughout the country, the Indian police arrested five prominent activists ....they are critical of the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi and the aggressive campaigns conducted by Hindutva followers to impose Hindu ideology and religion.....

Hindu Extremists Suspected in False Charges against Pastor in India, Sources Say Christians face various kinds of persecution in Jharkhand state., 

Aug 30 Morningstar News

Christian leaders in Khunti District, Jharkhand state suspect Hindu extremists are behind the sudden, baseless accusations against pastor Jidan Herenz in March charged with sedition ... “It worries me, it is difficult to gather as a church, and several false cases have been booked against me,” Pastor Herenz, 55, wrote to Morning Star News last month. “There is severe opposition, threats,”....

Kandhamal Christians still waiting for justice one decade after massacre

Aug 23 Worldwatch

Some 56,000 Christians fled their homes during the rioting, moving to camps such as this one in Raikia.
Ten years after the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history, the local community continues to struggle, with reparations from the government slow in coming and seven reportedly innocent Christians still in prison.
Nearly 100 Christians were killed, 300 churches and 6,000 Christian homes were damaged, and 55,000 people were made homeless in the ...

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Letter to Pope Francis urges to declare the victims of Kandhamal as 'martyrs of the faith'’.

Aug 25, Asia News

In 2008 120 Christians died and 300 churches were destroyed. The mother of a raped nun remembers the attack against her daughter.

Pope Francis should acknowledge that the Christian victims of the 2008 pogroms in Kandhamal, Odisha (Orissa), are "martyrs of the faith", this according to an open letter penned by John Dayal, an Indian activist and former national president of the All India Catholic ......

Hindu Extremists in India Create Nightmare for Pastor’s Family.

Aug 20, Morningstar News

When a Hindu in northern India got rid of the idols in his house after several visits to a church, Hindu nationalists found the perfect opportunity to make life a nightmare for a pastor’s family, sources said. Since the Hindu nationalists accused pastor Avianshu Kalra of desecration of Hindu idols and forcible conversion in Ambala, Haryana state, he and his family have had to leave their home, his wife has suffered....

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has for the first time condemned violence against minorities, saying that everyone has a duty to fight the “menace” of mob lynchings.

Aug 15, Worldwatch Monitor

But his critics say that, after four years in power at the head of a Hindu nationalist government, the comments have come too late.

Under Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the number of violent acts against Christians, Muslims and tribal Dalits (members of the India’s lowest caste) have increased.....

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'Police in India Demand Money to Release Falsely Accused Christians, Sources Say.

Aug 13 Morningstar News

About an hour before midnight on July 31, three policemen and a Hindu neighbor barged into a Christian woman’s house in northern India and ordered her and her husband to either give them money or go to jail.
The couple with their children live in Uttar Pradesh state’s Sarai Gunja village, in Jaunpur District. The officers told them they couldn’t pray in their house and had come to arrest them, Rajak told Morning Star News.......

Whilst acts of hooliganism and violence against Christians intensify in Uttar Pradesh, India’s “secular” authorities continue to show "preferences" for Hindus.

Aug 9, Asia News

Yesterday, senior police and government officials in Meerut (62 km north-east of Delhi), threw rose petals from a helicopter to greet Kanwar pilgrims.
A video, shared on social media, shows Additional Director General of Police Prashant Kumar throwing rose petals during an aerial tour. He was accompanied by Meerut’s commissioner.....

A nine-year-old girl from an Indian family that had recently converted to Christianity was gang-raped and murdered on Sunday, 5 August, in Punjab.

Aug 8 Worldwatch Monitor

Anjali Masih was playing with her friends in the city of Gurdaspur, near the Pakistan border, when a group of men lured her away by showing her a guava. She was then gang-raped and strangled with a telephone wire.
Local Christians told World Watch Monitor that there has been a rise in anti-Christian feeling in the area, which is predominantly Hindu and Sikh, since a number...

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We’ll close one church every week, Indian Christians told.

Aug 6, Worldwatch Monitor

Christian villagers in a rural district of India’s Maharashtra state have been told that one church will be closed down every week because they have been “destroying” local tradition and culture by “luring” others to convert to Christianity.

Since June, over a dozen houses belonging to Christians have been attacked by local extremist groups across five villages within Gadchiroli district.....

Three Christian ministry partners of Michigan based Mission India were arrested last week on forced conversion charges.

Aug 6, Christian Today

The ministers were involved in sharing the Gospel through Adult Literacy Classes, Children's Bible Clubs, and Church Planter Training. Christians are no strangers to persecution; however, this series of arrests was unusual, said Erik Morsehead, head of Mission India.

"To have three partners arrested like that .....

A church demolished on the pretext of widening a road. Brawl between policemen and faithful.

Aug 4, Asia News

The demolition was carried out by the Department of Public Works of Tamil Nadu, who arrived on board the bulldozers and accompanied by policemen. During the demolition work, a fight broke out between the city administration officials - on the one hand - and the residents and Christian faithful - on the other. The Rev. Sam.....

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